Holiday Gift Guide 2013 - E-Readers

8/30/2013 9:07:56 AM

Those who are predicting the death of the e-reader in 2012 at the hands of the cheap 7- inch tablets have been quite surprised this year. This field is still alive, thanks to the fierce competition between the industry-leading companies such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble and some stable choices from the companies like Kobo and Sony. There are still a variety of options for those who prefer a bit of multimedia with their books - and do not mind reading on the LCD screen.

Cheap prices

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch

It is definitely last year's model, but Barnes & Noble's Nook Simple is still one of the top-notch dedicated e-ink readers at present. For the recently reduced price of $99, you have a touchscreen product designed specifically for the human hand, along with the physical page-turn buttons - a rarity in this field. Of course, extra $20 will take you to the device’s newer, brighter heir, but it's hard to argue with a reliable reader for under $100.

Main specifications: 6-inch E Ink screen with infrared touch, microSD slot, rated for two months of battery life

Price: $99 from Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch

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Amazon Kindle

For $69, you have a 6-inch e-reader with built-in WiFi. However, there are sacrifices to be made ​​here. If you want to get rid of the ads, you will have to spend another $20, and the product lacks both a touchscreen and a keyboard.

Price: $69 on Amazon

Kobo Mini

Newly promoted by a merger of Rakuten, Kobo has unveiled three new devices. At the low price segment is the Kobo Mini, a device with a 5-inch touchscreen, 2GB of built-in storage and an 800MHz processor in a 4.73-ounce package.

Price: $80 on Best Buy

High-end E-Ink

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon may not be the first major manufacturer to provide solutions for reading at night, but it perfected the experience. Granted, during the four years of development, the front-light solution of Paperwhite is more evenly distributed, providing the more practical white experience than its opponents. Add the capacitive touchscreen, sharper text, eight weeks of battery life, the Kindle Store and Amazon’s devotion to 3G book downloads, and you’ve got the best e-reader that money can buy.

Main specifications: 6-inch capacitive front-illuminated E Ink screen, 2GB of storage, optional 3G, rated for eight weeks of battery life with the light on.

Price: $139 (WiFi, without Special Offers) on Amazon

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

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Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight

Amazon might have taken a little wind out of the sails of Barnes & Noble with the release of the Paperwhite, but the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is still a great choice - especially now, with the $20 discount. Here you have all the features that make the Nook Simple Touch a flagship reader, along with a lighter body and exclusive lighting technology.

Price: $119 from Barnes & Noble

Sony Reader PRS-T2

Sony did not make too many changes for the last year’s model, retaining the abilities of pinch-to-zoom and note-taking thaks to the dual-touch E Ink screen. The notable thing is the absence of the front lighting technology which determines the competition this year, but the reader is still a reliable choice - and buyers get free Harry Potter books.

Price: $130 from Sony

More than just a reader

Amazon Kindle Fire HD (7 inches)

Last year’s Kindle Fire felt like a device that offers an OEM-ed content rather than a reliable 7-inch tablet. However, this year, the giant electronic retailer has focused on hardware design that its previous models lacked. As the name implies, you have a new HD IPS screen. Amazon has improved WiFi performance as well, and sound quality is stronger thanks to a pair of speakers on the back of the device. All of those, along with an excellent content choice from Amazon add up to a brilliant $199 tablet - naturally, including Special Offers

Main specifications: 7-inch (1,280 x 800) IPS screen, 16/32GB of storage, micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports, rated for 11 hours of battery life.

Price: $199 on Amazon

Amazon Kindle Fire HD (7 inch)

Amazon Kindle Fire HD (7 inch)

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Barnes & Noble Nook HD

B & N keeps on its long history with the 7- inch tablets which started with the Nook Color. This time, it has taken some of design features from the Simple Touch reader, with comfortable, stubby design. The tablet delivers a high-resolution (1,440 x 900 pixels) screen for its price level, along with the profiles for family members, access to the applications accepted by B & N and 10.5 hours of using battery life.

Price: $ 199 from Barnes & Noble

Kobo Arc

Kobo has done its part to improve the Vox, its first entry into the tablet space - even giving it a new name. This 7- inch device has a 1,280x800 IPS screen, a 1.5GHz processor from TI, Ice Cream Sandwich, and - unlike most rivals - access to the Google Play store.

Price: $200 in the coming weeks (currently available in Canada, France and the UK).



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